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The life of joshua

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THe Life of Joshua

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The life of joshua

  1. 1. The Life of Joshua 1. Be strong and of a good courage
  2. 2. The Life of Joshua <ul><li>1. Be strong and of a good courage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joshua’s preparation in the wilderness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An old and a new generation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2. Entering into the rest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Victories through trust in God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not putting confidence in the flesh </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Success or failure? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction to Joshua <ul><li>Exodus 17 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Choose us out men” </li></ul><ul><li>Some level of authority </li></ul><ul><li>Respected among the people </li></ul><ul><li>Physical ability to engage in battle. </li></ul><ul><li>Written as a memorial for Joshua </li></ul><ul><li>Rephidim = resting places </li></ul>
  4. 4. Ages <ul><li>Joshua Caleb </li></ul><ul><li>Died 110* ?? </li></ul><ul><li>Land taken c97 85* </li></ul><ul><li>Entry c90 78 </li></ul><ul><li>Spies 52 40* </li></ul><ul><li>Exodus 50 38 </li></ul><ul><li>* Age known </li></ul>
  5. 5. Moses’ minister <ul><li>Exodus 24 </li></ul><ul><li>Manifestation of God to the elders </li></ul><ul><li>Elders, Aaron & Hur return to the people </li></ul><ul><li>Joshua and Moses continue up the Mount </li></ul><ul><li>The LORD speaks to Moses alone </li></ul><ul><li>32:17 Joshua hears the “noise of war” </li></ul><ul><li>The people’s idolatry </li></ul><ul><li>33:11 he departed not from the tabernacle </li></ul>
  6. 6. Jealousy for Moses <ul><li>Numbers 11 </li></ul><ul><li>The meekness of Moses (Num 12:3) </li></ul><ul><li>Attitude of Paul in 1 Corinth 4:7 </li></ul><ul><li>Essential lesson for a leader </li></ul><ul><li>It seems to have been known well in advance that he would succeed Moses (Num 27) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Spying the Land <ul><li>Numbers 13 and 14 </li></ul><ul><li>13:8 Oshea (salvation) </li></ul><ul><li>13:16 Joshua (whose salvation is Yahweh) </li></ul><ul><li>Map of the spies’ journey </li></ul><ul><li>13:27-33 Same experience, different reports, reflected different attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Psa 112:7,8 and Matt 17:20 – faith </li></ul><ul><li>13:32 & 14:9 Land devours / bread for us </li></ul><ul><li>14:9 Defence = tsil shadow as Psa 121:5 </li></ul>
  8. 9. Genealogy <ul><li>1 Chronicles 7:22-27 </li></ul><ul><li>The tribe of Ephraim </li></ul>
  9. 10. Order of Israel’s march <ul><li>Numbers 10:21-22 </li></ul>
  10. 11. Psalm 90 <ul><li>A Prayer of Moses the man of God </li></ul><ul><li>Theme: Man’s mortality </li></ul><ul><li>Because of sin, refusal to enter land </li></ul><ul><li>Number our days </li></ul><ul><li>Make us glad </li></ul>
  11. 12. Psalm 91 <ul><li>He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High </li></ul><ul><li>Antiphonal Psalm - Moses & Joshua </li></ul><ul><li>V14-16 An affirmation from God </li></ul><ul><li>Deut 31:7 in the sight of the people </li></ul><ul><li>Deut 34:9 & Num 27:18 “the spirit” </li></ul><ul><li>Rom 8:16 the Spirit and “our spirit” </li></ul>
  12. 13. A generation passes <ul><li>Joshua 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Moses my servant is dead… </li></ul><ul><li>Be strong and of a good courage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deut 31:6 Moses to the people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deut 31:7 Moses to Joshua </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Josh 1:6 God to Joshua *3 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Josh 1:18 the people to Joshua </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Josh 10:25 Joshua to the people </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Summary <ul><li>Leadership in battle </li></ul><ul><li>Presence in the tabernacle </li></ul><ul><li>Learning from Moses </li></ul><ul><li>Attitude to challenges </li></ul><ul><li>God as his overshadowing refuge </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening the new generation to press toward their calling </li></ul>
  14. 15. The Life of Joshua 2. Entering into the Rest
  15. 16. Crossing the Jordan <ul><li>Urgency of the command (1:2,11) </li></ul><ul><li>Jordan in flood in April (3:15) </li></ul><ul><li>Time of the late rains followed by the barley harvest </li></ul><ul><li>2 Spies (as 2 favourable reports) </li></ul><ul><li>Crossing not dependent on their report (1:11 & 2:22, 3:1) </li></ul><ul><li>Messengers (6:25 & James 2:25) </li></ul>
  16. 18. Rahab <ul><li>2:10 faith by hearing </li></ul><ul><li>Red Sea – 40 years ago! </li></ul><ul><li>The people’s hearts melt </li></ul><ul><li>Seizes her opportunity to respond </li></ul><ul><li>Her simple, focussed faith </li></ul><ul><li>Double meanings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cord  sorrows (2:13 and Psa 18:4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Line  hope </li></ul></ul>
  17. 19. The Crossing <ul><li>3:4 – the Ark a guide and a symbol of God’s presence, separation required </li></ul><ul><li>3:16 – Adam (man) and Zaretan (piercing) </li></ul><ul><li>4:11 – it both led and followed the people (Hebrews 12:2) </li></ul>30.31 ἀποβλέπω ; ἀφοράω a : to keep thinking about, without having one’s attention distracted—‘to think about, to fix one’s attention on.’ Louw Nida Greek English Lexicon
  18. 20. Attack? <ul><li>5:2 - Circumcision! </li></ul><ul><li>5:10 - Passover and unleavened bread </li></ul><ul><li>Placing no confidence in the flesh </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As Abraham in Genesis 17 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sanctification and preparation </li></ul><ul><li>5:13 – the Prince of the host (Michael?) </li></ul><ul><li>Similar experience to Moses </li></ul>
  19. 21. Jericho <ul><li>6:3 – 6 circuits + 7 on final day </li></ul><ul><li>6:20 – city fell with the final shout </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Structure as the Book of Revelation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nothing happens until the final stage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>As Elijah, praying 7 times </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ai – putting confidence in the flesh! </li></ul>
  20. 22. Rahab & Achan Rahab A Gentile “ Faith wrought with her works” Saved with her house Line = her hope Achan The privileges and miracles No faith Killed with his house Achan = troubler Hosea 2:15 & 23
  21. 25. Iniquity of the Amorites <ul><li>Genesis 15:16 – not yet full </li></ul><ul><li>Romans 1:18-25 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Created things visible to all </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God had manifested himself to them </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>From earliest times all people knew of God and his covenants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Human society seeks to eliminate God and replace Him </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God gives them over to that lifestyle </li></ul></ul>
  22. 26. Entering the Rest <ul><li>Achieved? 11:23, 21:43-45 </li></ul><ul><li>But what about Heb 4:8 / Psa 95:11? </li></ul><ul><li>Failed to take possession </li></ul><ul><ul><li>13:1, 18:3 and Judges 1:27- </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An example of unbelief </li></ul><ul><li>God has done his part for us, while we were sinners. We must do our part with confidence, not in the flesh, but in the full assurance of faith </li></ul>
  23. 27. Hebrews 10:19-25 <ul><li>“ Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20  By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; </li></ul><ul><li>21  And having an high priest over the house of God; 22  Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith , having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23  Let us hold fast the profession of our faith [ elpis hope] without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) 24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: 25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is ; but exhorting one another : and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” </li></ul>

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